NC family heartbroken after new mom dies in shooting

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A 21-year-old North Carolina woman died after police found her wounded in the backseat of a car after a police chase, and her grieving family wants answers.

Briana Taylor was shot over the weekend in Ahoskie.

“When I got the call I never thought in a million years that I would be getting that type of phone call, especially regarding Briana. It really has taken effect on the whole entire family,” said Trina Williams, Briana’s aunt.

According to police, they got a call around 10:30 a.m. Saturday that a woman was lying on the ground on Lincoln Road. There was also a car seen speeding from the scene. 

According to the chief of police, an officer spotted the car, and as the officer went after it, the car hit a curb right near Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital.

The chief says when the officer approached the car, they found Briana Taylor in the backseat with a gunshot wound. EMS rushed her inside the hospital where the chief said she went into surgery and later died.

Her aunt says the family is heartbroken.

“Briana was a very, very bright girl. She came from a loving family,” said Williams.

Her family says she leaves behind a baby boy.

 “Nine months ago she gave birth to her son and that changed her life because he became her main priority. She was a very sweet girl,” said Williams.

Police say North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is assisting. No arrests have been made.

Taylor’s family says they will fight for justice.

Trina Williams made this appeal: “Any information, please call the police. Think if it was your family, your daughter, your niece, your cousin, your best friend; you would want justice and we want the same. We want justice and there will be justice.”

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